This volume brings together an international team of experts who have synthesized and summarized the most recent research on French history of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Using a topical approach to provide broad thematic coverage of the period from 1500 to 1660, each chapter focuses on a specific area of French history: politics and the state, the economy, society and culture, religion, gender and the family, and France's burgeoning overseas empire, which was constructed in this period. The result is the most up-to-date synthesis of this period, showing how recent scholarship has significantly revised the traditional narrative of French history.
About the Author
Mack P. Holt is Professor of History at George Mason University. His work has won prizes from the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, the National Huguenot Society, and the Southern Historical Association. He has served on the editorial board of French Historical Studies, and in 1999 was the president of the Society for French Historical Studies. He has previously taught at Harvard and Vanderbilt universities.
Table of Contents
Introduction, Mack P. Holt
1. The Kingdom of France in the Sixteenth Century, Mack P. Holt
2. The Economy, Philip T. Hoffman
3. Social Groups and Cultural Practices, Jonathan Dewald
4. Gender and the Family, Barbara B. Diefendorf
5. Religion and the Sacred, Philip Benedict and Virginia Reinburg
6. The Wars of Religion, Philip Benedict
7. Religious Co-existence and Catholic Renewal, Barbara B. Diefendorf and Virginia Reinburg
8. Redrawing Lines of Authority, Mack P. Holt
Conclusion, Mack P. Holt